For Immediate Release Common Cause Hails Florida Judge's Redistricting Ruling

Posted on August 1, 2014


A state judge’s order that Florida must redraw its congressional districts and propose a special election schedule for affected districts is good news for state voters, Common Cause said today.

“Today Judge Terry Lewis again protected the rights of Floridians and rejected the legislature’s attempt to have one more election with congressional districts drawn for partisan advantage rather than fair representation,” said Peter Butzin, chair of Common Cause Florida. “Although holding an election based on fair and constitutional districts may create some logistical challenges, protecting Floridians’ right to select the representatives of their choice is a fundamental value that cannot be put off until next election.”

Lewis had ruled on July 10 that the districts violated the Florida Constitution’s prohibition against redistricting “with the intent to favor or disfavor a political party or an incumbent.” Common Cause is a plaintiff in the successful challenge to the districts along with the League of Women Voters and several voters.

Lewis agreed with the plaintiffs that holding an election using unconstitutional congressional districts is unacceptable. He ordered the legislature to immediately begin redrawing district lines and submit a new map by noon on August 15, 2014. Lewis also ordered the Secretary of State and Supervisors of Election to submit a proposed special election schedule for affected districts. A hearing will take place on August 20, 2014 on objections to the map and the proposed special election schedule.   

For more information on redistricting developments in Florida, go to www.fairdistrictsnow.org.

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Office: Common Cause Florida, Common Cause National

Issues: Voting and Elections

Tags: Redistricting

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Comments:

Posted by Diane at: 03:43 PM, August 4, 2014
Finally justice for Florida voters. I attended one of the legislative meetings chaired by the Republican Senate president, Republican Don Gaetz - they had no proposed maps, would answer no questions, and citizens knew clearly the fix was in. Thanks to the League of Women Voters and other orgs for first getting the FL constitutional amendment for fair districting passed, then fighting in court for enforcement.
Posted by Susan at: 02:11 PM, August 1, 2014
I'd like to see them take a close look at Michigan too, I have do doubt gerrymandering has been done there as well.

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